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LITTLE ORCHARD CIDER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
It’s the sixth year of The Little Orchard Cider and Music festival, a charming Cornish party with some big live bands, a groovy silent disco, the BBC Introducing stage, camping and glamping, secret cider walks and cider tasting all in the beautiful grounds of Healey’s Cyder Farm.
For families, the festival is like a giant playground with entertainment on hand and the chance to meet ponies, chickens, rabbits, ferrets, Pygmy goats and Cornish black pigs. You can also take a tractor ride around the beautiful grounds and blossoming orchards.
Music is at the heart of Little Orchard and the party kicks off in cidertastic style on Friday with veteran Westcountry group The Wurzels.
Headlining on the opening night are Hayseed Dixie - friends who got together in Tennessee to drink whisky and perform ten classic AC/DC songs reinvented as Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups. That was 17 years ago and the band have produced 14 albums of both original songs and reinterpretations making them undisputed creators of the musical genre, Rockgrass.
On Saturday it’s the turn of the biggest Little Orchard headline act to date – the Fratellis. Famous for chart toppers Chelsea Dagger and Starcrossed Loser, the witty Glaswegian trio’s new album In Your Own Sweet Time will mean a performance laced with old and new hits.
Also performing over the weekend - one man blues band Thomas Ford from the Westcountry and now much in demand at blues, jazz and roots music festivals across Europe and London/Belfast based high energy pop rock duo REWS – songstress Shauna Tohill and beat-maker Collette Williams.
The weekend will include The Rattler Olympics – choose your team and represent your nation, county or farmyard and join in events such as Welly Wanging, Pig Racing and The Barrel Push.
For information visit cornwallciderfestival.co.uk
Hayseed Dixie will give AC/DC songs a whiskey-soaked, Appalachian twist at Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival